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Colin Buxton Black

Headstone of Private Colin Buxton Black (3/2744). Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. New Zealand War Graves Trust (BECL0074). CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Colin Buxton AWMM
  • Surname
    Black AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 3/2744 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1 May 1897 Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 1 April 2020 - Military File
  • Place of birth
    Nelson, New Zealand. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 1 April 2020 - Military File
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Wellington Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 1 April 2020 - Military File
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C. Buxton Black (mother), 9 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 1 April 2020 - Military File

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/2744 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Clerk AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Colin Black was the son of Sydney and Constance Buxton Black, of Weston, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Born 1 May 1897 - at Nelson.
      Son of Mrs C. Buxton Black - of Wellington (previously of Nelson).
      Employed - as a Clerk - at Wellington City prior to enlistment for war service.
      Enlisted for war service on 5 October 1916 - at Awapuni Military Training Camp, Palmerston North, North Island.
      Posted as a Private with the New Zealand Medical Corps on 7 October 1916 - at Awapuni.
      Embarked for overseas war service - from New Zealand - aboard HT 'Aparima' on 16 February 1917.
      On 9 May 1917 Colin joined the 4th New Zealand Field Ambulance 1NZEF - at France.
      On 24 June 1917 he was admitted sick to the 4th New Zealand Field Ambulance - in the field. He returned to active duty soon after.
      On 12 October 1917 Private Colin Buxton Black was wounded in the field (Mustard gassed) - at Passchendaele, Belgium. The same day he was admitted to the 4th New Zealand Field Ambulance in the field - and then to a Casualty Clearing Station. The same day he was again transferred to the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance - and finally to the 17th Casualty Clearing Station.
      Three days later - on 15 October 1917 - Private Colin Buxton Black, from Nelson, died of the effects of Mustard Gas Poisoning - at the 17th Casualty Clearing Station - Passchendaele, Belgium. He was 20 years of age.
      12 October 1917 - at Passchendaele, Belgium - is considered by New Zealand Military Historians as 'New Zealand's Blackest Day'.
      On that one day - 12 October 1917 - in the first 4 hours of fighting 846 New Zealand Officers and soldiers were killed in action - or died of wounds in the field. The total casualty rate - of New Zealanders - for those 4 hours of fighting - on 12 October 1917 - was 2700 men. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 4 April 2020 - Military File.
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Death

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  • Death
    15 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM XXI. H. 7. AWMM
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01 April 2020JeniferWairarapaResearcher
29 May 2016AllanRotoruaResearcher
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